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"To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower; Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour." William Blake

St. Pats Day

March 18th, 2009 by sunflowers

San SalvadorThere are two New Yorkers staying with Mario so we had to go out for St. Patricks day to celebrate by drinking vodka and singing Spanish karaoke. I did a couple of English songs to add to the mix. Apparently there is picture evidence somewhere but I am not sure if I want you to see it.

I woke up in the morning after a very late night and the two women were gone having left me a note that I party like a Rock Star which unfortunately means the next day was a write off until the evening where I went along to a meet up of motorbikers and got some good suggestions on tyres (mine need changing), stickers (I want Guatemala and El Salvador ones for my panniers) and where to go crater diving.

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Before and After

March 17th, 2009 by sunflowers

I am not really good at the girly things and other than getting my flatmate to cut my hair in London in October I don’t think that I have had it done since my sister’s wedding in March 08. So Mario lent me the biggest truck I have ever driven and the girls and I went shopping for a bathing suit and then I told a hairdresser to do whatever he wanted to my hair. The photos are a before and after, Mia voting in the children’s vote and this weird rat looking cousin of a rabbit – a cotuza.

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Mum, I'm a Communist

March 16th, 2009 by sunflowers

San SalvadorSan SalvadorSan SalvadorFMLN won by a 3% margin. Most of the people that I have met in El Salvador wanted the current party to remain in power because they are worried that the FMLN will be too extremist.

I thought that they might be exaggerating until I went to the winning street party and realised how Che Guevara it all is. It was a pretty cool street party and I do hope for the sake of El Salvador that they deliver what the country needs.

btw just in case they don’t let me back into the US again or my mother is worried I vote Green. Though it usually is a statement rather than counting for anything considering in the last Mayoral elections in London the Green Party got less votes than the Britain National Party (considered a racist party).

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Mondo Americas

March 15th, 2009 by sunflowers

San SalvadorSan SalvadorSan SalvadorAs everyone in the family rides they also have the classic motorbike literature and videos so I watched MotoSiberia about four Polish guys who rode to Magadan and I got all excited about doing some off road. I almost went with the two younger family members off road until I saw pictures of the route and realised there is no way I could do it. Instead we took the back roads which I found challenging enough as they were pretty rocky and sandy and I took a spill and broke the tip of my clutch.

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We met a couple of blokes who showed me what type of trails mondo means and finished up the ride at a sea view restaurant where someone had the new Kawasaki KLR which I would have bought if there had been any in Alaska.

With my broken bike I feel like a real adventurer but I won’t be renaming my trip Mondo Annette.

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San Salvador

March 14th, 2009 by sunflowers

San SalvadorSan SalvadorI am staying with a motorbiking family in El Salvador. They are amazingly lovely and it is so nice to be in a home rather than a slightly grubby dorm room in a hostel. My first day there we went to the central market and I tried some of the local deserts. Also it was good to see a couple New Zealand brands.

Btw – a lot of coffee is grown in Central America and I met a German couple who took pictures for Fairtrade and apparently New Zealand has the strictest standards for organic coffee in the world because none of the fields are allowed to be bordered by coffee grown with chemicals.

If you want to know more about coffee I met Mark a cool bloke who is a coffee fanatic and blogging about his trip to learn more about coffee at gonunzigo.blogspot.com

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Election Day on Sunday

March 13th, 2009 by sunflowers

Election DayOn Sunday El Salvador is having their presidential elections. Almost everywhere you see either the red, white and blue colours of the Arena party (currently in power) painted on poles or flypost pictures of the ex-guerilla group FMLN candidate. Between what people have told me and research on the internet it is hard to make any political comments. But people are worried that there might be riots on Sunday so alcohol has been banned starting midnight on Friday. 4000 observers have been brought in to make sure the election is fair and thousands of El Salvadorans living abroad have flooded home to vote. Also some national chains have set up a place where children can vote and they will publish the results. Though I am sure this will be similar to the adult vote as I vote the same as my parents and I find a lot of people do likewise.

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Parque El Imposible, Tacuba

March 12th, 2009 by sunflowers

TacubaTacubaThe next day we walked across Parque El Imposible to the beach and saw lots of Camen (crocodiles) and apparently some fish with the face of an alligator but unfortunately we only saw them jumping from a distance.

I decided to spend the night in the hammock as I wanted to see if I could sleep a whole night in one. It is looking like I won’t complete Part B from LA to TDF in five months and some places offer hammocks to sleep in which are really cheap which would extend my budget. I am not sure about the security of sleeping in a hammock though.

I don’t know the new length of my trip or how long the money will last. But I would rather see the places I pass through well and then do a mad dash at the end to the bottom.




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Canyoning and Crabs

March 11th, 2009 by sunflowers

The hostel I stayed in at Tacuba offered a canyoning trip which is something that I really wanted to do. We walked into Parque El Imposible (named because of the difficulty to access in years gone by). We walked through the forest, saw forest crabs and then spent three hours walking down the river including five big jumps, abseiling down a waterfall, scaling the waterfall (the one in the picture) and jumping the last bit. In the evening we visited some beautiful hot springs.





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Made it ok

March 10th, 2009 by sunflowers

I did my first all spanish border (Guatemala to El Salvador) as the others have been US to Mexico and then Mexico to Belize (english) and Belize to Guatemala.

It went ok (though I realised that the only person I can understand speaking spanish was my spanish teacher because he spoke slowly for me) as I had quite a few people to translate.

It took 3 hours in total but two of them were because I was behind 20 US motorhomes touring in a group who had overstayed their temporary vehicle import, lost their original documents and instead had photo copies of them that had the offical document number at the top half cut off. They were frustrated it wasn´t easier, I was frustrated that they expected it to go ok – I am sure if you were trying to get a vehicle into the US without the correct documentation it wouldn´t work. In fact in the UK I once went to Heathrow cargo to pick up a parcel for a friend and it took two hours.

But even with the delay I made it to a hostel before it got dark (only just). Thank you for all the comments you have posted and especially to my mother who said it was too complicated. My head seems better but I am thinking I might visit a doctor in San Salvador if I get a chance. BTW they use US dollars in El Salvador. xxx

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Green Flash

March 9th, 2009 by sunflowers

MonterricoMonte Rico is famous for it’s beautiful sunsets. Sometimes atmospheric conditions mean a green flash happens when the last of the rays disappear over the horizon. I haven’t seen it yet.

Other than that I am still getting quite bad headaches which has me a bit worried as I have never suffered from headaches (other than self induced) so I am spending an extra day here and leaving tomorrow morning for El Salvador as my bike importation papers expire on Tuesday. I am looking forward to customs as a chance to practise my Spanish.



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